14 August 1950 (age 71), Glen Cove, New York, United States
Jim wynorski interview
- Jim wynorski interview
- Jim wynorski and kelli maroney chopping mall q a pt 1 2
- Directorial debut and Roger Corman
- Fred Olen Ray
- Family films
- Erotic thrillers
- Roger Corman Presents
- Sunset Films
- Action movies
- The Bare Wench Project and parody films
- Creature films
- Horror films
Wynorski has been making B-movies and exploitation movies since the early 1980s, and has directed over 75 feature films. His earliest films were released to movie theaters, but his later works have predominantly been released to cable or the straight-to-video market. He often works under pseudonyms such as "Jay Andrews," "Arch Stanton," "H.R. Blueberry," "Tom Popatopolis," and "Noble Henry." His movies often spoof horror films: Cleavagefield, for example, parodies Cloverfield, The Bare Wench Project parodies The Blair Witch Project, and "Para-Knockers Activity" parodies Paranormal Activity. A character in the film The Final Destination is named after him.
In 2009, the documentary Popatopolis, directed by Clay Westervelt and named for one of Wynorski's pseudonyms, chronicled Wynorski during the making of his soft-core horror film, The Witches of Breastwick. The film serves as a partial biography, with clips from many of his previous films and includes interviews with Wynorski, his contemporaries, cast, and crew.
In 2016, he directed Nessie & Me, marking the first time that he directed a children's film. The character Jack O’Grady directly references Wynorski's earlier films Dinocroc vs. Supergator and Piranhaconda when he encounters Nessie at the start of the film, hinting that Nessie & Me is canon to those film series, as well as Monster Cruise, with many characters from it appearing it Nessie & Me as well.
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Wynorski grew up in Long Island. He flunked out of film school and went to work at the fiction department of DoubleDay publishing from 1972 to 1977. He wanted to work in movies, so quit his job and moved to Los Angeles. He got a job as location manager on the TV show Breaking Away, but was fired during production. Flying back to Los Angeles, he met a fellow passenger who knew Roger Corman and arranged an introduction. Wynorski went to work for Corman. He did publicity and began writing screenplays.
Directorial debut and Roger Corman
Wynorski made his directing debut with The Lost Empire.
His second film was made for Julie Corman: Chopping Mall (1986), which Wynorski also produced and co-wrote. Julie's husband Corman liked it, and hired Wynroski to make Deathstalker 2 in Argentina, then Big Bad Mama II (1987), with Angie Dickinson, and a remake of Not of this Earth (1988) with Traci Lords. He was creative consultant on Purple People Eater (1988).
For Julie Corman he made Sorority House Massacre II on sets left over from existing films. Roger Corman was impressed and got Wynorski to remake it as Hard to Die.
Corman "taught me all the lessons on how to make a film and how to make it look expensive when you don't have a lot of money," Wynorski says.
He worked on the scripts for Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, House 4 and Final Embrace but did not direct them.
Fred Olen Ray
With his friend Fred Olen Ray he directed, wrote and produced Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991), shot in one day. The two friends later collaborated on Dinosaur Island (1994) and co-executive produced Dark Universe (1993) and Biohazard: The Alien Force (1994) together. Ray produced Sorceress (1995) which Wynorski directed and Wynorski helped produce Bikini Drive-In (1995), Fugitive Rage (1996),Friend of the Family II (1996) and Hybrid (1997) which Ray directed.
Wynorski made Munchie (1992), marking the film debut of Jennifer Love Hewitt. This was popular enough for a sequel, Munchie Strikes Back (1993) and Little Miss Millions (1993), again with Hewitt. He also executive produced The Skateboard Kid 2.
In the early 1990s he specialised in erotic thrillers, starting with Sins of Desire (1993). "I was good and I was fast,” Wynorski said. “They knew the product would be solid... They were easy to make. It didn’t require any action. You could get them done well in 12 days. The trick was making them for low money. There was plenty of competition, so you had to be good and you had to get those big stars naked. Shannon Tweed, Andrew Stevens, Shannon Whirry, Tanya Roberts all started working double time.”
Wynorski's other erotic thrillers included Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III (1994), Victim of Desire (1995), Body Chemistry IV: Full Exposure (1995) and Virtual Desire (1995). He later directed The Escort III (1999).
In 1998 Wynorski appeared in a documentary Some Nudity Required where he said he got into film "for the money and the chicks" and said "breasts are the cheapest special effect in the business".
Roger Corman Presents
Wynorski made two films for Corman's Showtime series, Roger Corman Presents: a remake of The Wasp Woman (1995) and Vampirella (1996). Vampirella was an unhappy experience for him - in 2013 he said that film and Victim of Desire were the only films he regretted making in his career.
Wynorski established his own production company, Sunset Films, which he ran with Andrew Stevens. It was a division of Cinetel Films. Sunset's films included Midnight Tease and its sequel; Vice Girls (1997); Sorceress II: The Temptress (1997).
He produced some films he did not direct such as Fugitive Mind (1999); Sonic Impact (2000); Active Stealth (2000), Submerged (2000), Kept (2001), Air Rage (2001), Critical Mass (2001), Venomous (2001), all directed by Ray; Storm Catcher (2000); Jill Rips (2000) with Dolph Lundgren; Intrepid (2000), with James Coburn.
He often worked with producer and actor Andrew Stevens who called in Wynorski to shoot additional scenes for Agent Red (2000).
Thy Neighbor's Wife (2001) was a thriller. Gale Force (2002), Lost Treasure (2003, with Stephen Baldwin) and Treasure Hunt (2003) were action films. Bad Bizness (2003) was Wynorski's first film with a predominantly black cast.
Later action films he helped produce included Blue Demon (2004) and Sub Zero.
The Bare Wench Project and parody films
In 2000 Wynorski made The Bare Wench Project, a sex parody of The Blair Witch Project. It was popular and led to several sequels. Wynorski made several other erotic parody movies, including Busty Cops (2004) and its several sequels; The Witches of Breastwick (2005) and its sequel; Alabama Jones and the Busty Crusade (2005); The Da Vinci Coed (2007), The Breastford Wives (2007), House on Hooter Hill (2007), The Devil Wears Nada (2009), Cleavagefield (2009), Para-Knockers Activity (2009), and The Hills Have Thighs (2010).
In 2001 Wynorski returned to Roger Corman with Raptor (2001). He later made a series of "creature" films. For Corman he did some uncredited work on Wolfhound (2002). He made Project Viper (2002) for the Sci Fi Channel.
He later made Curse of the Komodo (2004) and its sequel Komodo vs. Cobra (2005); Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness (2004); Cry of the Winged Serpent (2007); Dinocroc vs. Supergator (2010); Camel Spiders (2010); CobraGator (2016).
Lust Connection (2005) was a return to erotic thrillers.
In recent years, Wynorski has returned to the family film genre, making Nessie & Me (2016), which is in a shared universe with DinoCroc, Supergator, Dinocroc vs. Supergator, Piranhaconda, due to the lead character referencing said films' title monsters, and Monster Cruise, from which many characters returned for Nessie & Me. He also directed A Doggone Christmas (2016), which spawned a sequel A Doggone Hollywood (2017).